Christmas is definitely one of my favourite times of year. It's so festive, everyone's so happy - what's not to love! The best bit though? Some of the incredible gifts that some of my favourite brands come out with, there's nothing quite like it any other time of year - so as you can imagine, I get very excited. So yet again, I've narrowed down the best of the best gifts (mostly beauty, so beauty lovers, stay tuned!) of this year, 2015, and I just had to show you them.
First up in my Christmas Gift Guide series, I'm talking stockings. The budget friendly bits but that for sure doesn't mean that they're budget at all - they're blooming great which is why I just had to give them a mention... And I'd love to see them in my stocking too.
I think this is the year I've fallen in love with nifty packaging. Christmas crackers, tree ornaments and baubles - whatever it is, if the packaging is dressed up - then I LOVE it. I fell in love with the Space NK christmas crackers last year, and this year I've branched out a little bit and fallen in love with a few more...
Ted Baker have the cracker front nailed. Filled with a nail polish and mini fragrance and covered with the most beautiful packaging. I'd recommend the Ted Baker Polish & Sparkle Christmas Cracker in Lyla* for it's floral scent and soft gold polish and the Ted Baker Polish & Sparkle Christmas Cracker in Ella* for it's orange blossom and jasmine scent and bold red polish - I love! For fake tan fans, the St. Tropez Instant Cracker* is most definitely the one. It's all about the packaging and for such a bargain price, who doesn't blooming love a mini. Hand cream is always a safe bet gift but when it comes to Roger & Gallett I think just about anyone would be happy. It's one of my favourite hand cream brands and if you're stuck for something to buy then the Roger & Gallett Fleur d'Osmanthus Hand & Nail Cream Cracker* is incredible as is the Roger & Gallett Creme Sublime Bois D'Orange Hand & Nail Cream Cracker*.
For the makeup lovers in your life, then the Too Faced Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara Ornament* is perfect. It's such a hyped product and the adorable packaging just makes it that bit more exciting. If they're more of a fake lash kinda gal, then the ever hyped Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes* are the one. Eco Tools are some of my favourite budget brushes and the Eco Tools Mini Holiday Essentials Set* blows my mind. £5.99 is such a great value for this, just stop. Onto some nail polishes, and the Sainsbury's Boutique Nail Colour Set* and the Mavala Bauble in Magic Snow (a beautiful silver glitter) are ideal. If you're looking for a budget set or a beautiful polish with beautiful packaging then these are picking up.
The Body Shop also has a great range of makeup products from their Christmas range. The packaging is a cute geometric design and with a hint of festivity in black and gold. The Body Shop Colour Crush Festive Nail Colours* are stunning - I'm talking metallics, glitters and deep shades and The Body Shop Colour Crush Festive Lipsticks* are lovely, there's a nude and a coral to choose from which makes a nice change from the usual bold festive shades.
I will always recommend The Body Shop. If you've been reading my blog for a while then you'll pretty much know about my obsession and how it stemmed from me working there a couple of years or so ago. The Body Shop Frosted Plum Lip Balm* is super cute and super festive, as is The Body Shop Frosted Plum Candle*. This scent smells incredible and the candles are super amazing for the price - I can never get enough. The Body Shop Cranberry Shimmer Mist* is so festive, smells incredible and shimmer - you can never have too much shimmer at christmas time and last but not least on The Body Shop front I just had to give a mention to the Bear Sponge* - it's cute and ideal for any young ones. Something else for the young ones or those who love a super cute design and Superdrug has some great buys. My favourites are definitely the Sweet Snuggles Candle* and the Sweet Snuggles Fox and Owl Hand Warmers*.
If you're looking for something a little more luxe, then my go-to will always be Aromatherapy Associates and for this stocking filler gift guide the Aromatherapy Associates The Star* is perfect. It's a small bath and shower oil and it is so dreamy. I'm obsessed with these products and I just know everyone else would be also - who doesn't love a pamper bath or shower? To go with this, or something else to help with a pamper, the Bee Good Award Winners Set* is filled with a cleanser and lip balm and it's a dreamy combo and perfect for that pamper session. Something else along these lines, I'd recommend the Mandara Spa Sensual Soap Trio* as the packaging is just beautiful... The Mandara Spa Indulgent Bath Rocks Cracker* is also beautiful - and like I said before, I've got a thing for crackers ya know.
Last but not least though... Chocolate! My go-to is always Lindt and their Christmas range* this year is like no other. The cute chocolate bears, Santa's and reindeers - I just can't get enough.
What is on your Christmas stocking wishlist this year?